It has been half a month since the Fairy Tail anime stopped airing. I felt like instead of an anime review for you guys, it is great to write a tribute post for this particular anime, as a lot of people really love it and (if you're big fan like me) would probably miss it. Many are hoping for Mashima-sensei's good news as well.
While the anime postponed airing, the manga is on-going. While I do know that manga would always be more superior than anime, I still prefer than anime. Fairy Tail is probably considered one of the best-loved anime this decade. It has a great story, and Mashima-sensei's drawing is really great. The plot might be a little bit recurring, each arc is really interesting.
I guess one of the reasons why people love Fairy Tail is because of its message. It's obviously all about sticking out for your friends. Personally, I love the whole we're-tight-comrades-here thing. I never had any friends I'd like to lay my life down for, but Fairy Tail sort of teaches us that when we stick by our friends, we can do anything.
All the characters are also well-developed. Whether it's the main four main Fairy Tail members or the members that are not so often seen or even the villains, each has his/her own unique individuality. Even Lucy's celestial spirits have been well-developed. I think it's anime with well-developed characters that actually become popular with anime fans (think One Piece or Naruto) because the plot can only if the character makes sense. Even before, Mashima-sensei has a good sense of developing characters. I remembered Rave Master (one of my favorites of Mashima's) having really great character development, as well as his other mangas (Monster Soul [highly recommended], Magic Party, Fairy Tale[one-shot, not the same as Fairy Tail], Cocona, Bad Boys Song and many more).
With the characters being well-developed, even if Mashima-sensei uses almost the same plot (Fairy Tail gets a job or attacked- They fight - they win - repeat first three steps again), it still becomes really interesting. There are many arcs in the series that have the same recurring pattern, but presented in different ingenious ways.
There were a lot of arcs during the running period of the anime, but particular arcs that I thought were great are Tenroujima Island, Nirvana, Edolas, Deliora, and Laxus' Return were some of them. I couldn't judge the current arc as it's not yet done, but I think it is also quite great.
One of the great things about Fairy Tail is the comedic factor Mashima-sensei is able to put into the series. Despite the battles and struggles, each episode has never failed to provide laughs. Even in the most serious battles, a character may blurt out something completely unrelated and funny (most of the time it's Natsu).
I go to Fairy Tail when I am tired of watching sad shoujo anime (mostly it's the Shoujo that makes you cry - except perhaps One Piece). Each character just has a funny side, no matter how serious their past is or how dangerous the current situation they are in.
Mashima-sensei has a habit of trolling fans. He creates moments for love pairings that are so frustrating. For instance, there's this episode in the Grand Magic Games where Erza and Jellal almost kiss. He also likes keeping fans under a great suspense. If you want to know what I mean, check his twitter account here. He tweets in Japanese most of the time, but sometimes he tweets in English as well. He tweets very random things too.
Like the rest of the Fairy Tail members waiting for seven years for the Tenroujima team to return, I hope fans can patiently wait for Mashima-sensei's good news. I hope it's not seven years, but I do think that Mashima-sensei should really put in more thought into the story because it is more awesome when he has more time to make them.
While waiting for the anime to fire up again, I suggest you read the manga. I do not often like reading manga, but Mashima's work is so well-put that you really can't ignore it.
Juvia-chan is my favorite character. It's like she's on crack every episode. LOL. Check out this Fairy Tail on crack drawing I made here. I'm not sure if I ship Gray-Juvia or Lyon-Juvia, but I definitely ship Gray-Lyon. I'm weird like that.
I would like to think that the new season would continue this year, but if not, I hope the time that is being put to delaying the episodes would mean that there is a lot of beautiful things to see.
I am proud to say that Fairy Tail is one of my favorite anime, and it probably made it to the top of my anime list at some point in my life (my list changes every time).
I will be back with a new anime review soon. I am sorting things out right now since I will be visiting Singapore next month. Do you guys know of any May conventions at Singapore? I might go.
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